Pochettino explains why it's difficult to coach Tottenham right now

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has commented on the difficulties that come with the club's busy fixture list.

Mauricio Pochettino says that the fixture pile-up around Christmas is making it difficult for him to implement his methods. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League commitments, Capital One Cup run and Premier League schedule has led to the side having to regularly play three games a week between now and the new year. 

It means that there is little time to do any sort of intensive training to correct the faults that have emerged in previous weeks and Pochettino admits that it is making his job difficult. 

“We’ve got a lot of concepts, we’re changing a lot of things and when you play, play, play you maybe need more time – a clear week – to work hard and practise and improve the new style," he said to the Tottenham Journal

“I think sometimes it’s good to play three games each week but it’s difficult to coach the team and maybe that’s why we need more time to put our style into practice."

Pochettino travelled to Turkey today, as Spurs prepare to face Besiktas in what is a dead-rubber to conclude their Europa League group stage. 

Tottenham have already qualified to the knockout stages of the tournament and Pochettino may feel that this match is a hinderance rather than an aid. 

Spurs are planning on offering some of their younger stars the chance to impress in the contest - with Harry Winks and Josh Onomah in line to appear - but the Argentine boss may have felt better served by having the chance to work with his team on the training ground. 

Spurs have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks - particularly in their performance against Everton - but they have still struggled to reach expectations. 

At the moment the Lilywhites are down in 10th position in the Premier League and Pochettino knows that he will need his team to become more accustomed to his methods soon if he is to guide them into the European spots. 

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